Loopable Practice-track accompaniment (Right-click the video to choose “Loop” option.) Annotation Video. (Hopefully helpful hints.) Concepts I’m trying to learn with this exercise. The annotated video above will have more information if you’re interested in details. (212) hand position. Tone quality–working on a consistent dark and legato sound. Eliminating tension in my left-hand grip. Just… Continue reading Mandolin Micro-Etude 1
Video Links: Riq ME1, Riq ME2, Riq ME3, Riq ME4, Riq ME5 All of these videos concentrate on the four Basic Tones.
Video Links: Marimba ME1, Marimba ME2, Marimba ME3
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Start with a single note again. This time try different ones and see what they feel like over the music. Compose your own melody and write it down. I would like you to turn this in at Blackboard. Think about the solfeggio as you’re working on this project. Do your best with the notation and… Continue reading No. 2 ET VAMP 44.G.76
Improvise on Bb alone. Start with just one Bb. See what you can do. Add other Bb octaves and experiment with what advantages they add. Improvise on Bb D F. Try each alone first (similar to step 1 above). Get a feel for what it is like to be on the third and fifth of… Continue reading No. 1 ET Vamp 44.Bb.90
I’m coming up with a bunch of sketches while I’m learning how to make music in my new studio at home. It’s been a lot of fun and I decided to dedicate the first one to my good friend Amy. Fran’s birthday snuck one in early, but this was the first one that I had… Continue reading Funky Amy!
You know that moment when you have to password into Netflix, or wherever, typing with your TV remote? What are we, savages!?
Part One. There’s a very specific feeling I’m having. Right now. I just can’t seem to get my tongue around it. The thing seems so trivial… but I feel compelled to share it. It is quite literally an existential sensation. But one we don’t think of that way. When I describe this specific one, the… Continue reading There Should Be a Word.
I’ve been imagining what it would be like to know my death is coming. I am proud of the fact that Death bothers me less when myself, than when my Wives. I’m 50 now and I don’t welcome Death–but I don’t fear it either. I need to think about why “proud” is the correct word… Continue reading Assessment